Archive for March, 2009

7 foot long LEGO Star Wars Mon Calamari cruiser

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

7 foot long LEGO Star Wars Mon Calamari cruiserYou can buy anything and everything Star Wars if you are an extreme geek, but this here ship is so awesome, it beats all of them. This seven foot long model of the Calamari Cruiser from Return of The Jedi was built by Thomas Benedikt who used 30,500 Lego pieces. It took about 11 months to get it complete with all that detail. That’s 52 pounds of Lego.

The end cost was $5500. And it does more than just look awesome too. It also has an integrated lighting system for cool effects. Thomas Benedikt is obviously a huge fan as well as super talented.

Xtensor hand exerciser for gamers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Xtensor hand exerciser for gamersThe Xtensor is a weird workout glove designed to get your hands in shape for the big game on whatever console you choose. So, if you suck at playing video games, consider this your new personal trainer. It will condition your hands for maximum controller efficiency. Might even improve your action with rosy palm too, but I wouldn’t count on either.

What’s that? You also don’t believe this glove-like device can do anything for you, aside from making you look like an idiot? Check out the blurb below and see if that convinces you.

BlackBerry sun/privacy guard

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

BlackBerry sun/privacy guardThis little gadget pretty much gives you away when you are looking at porn on your Blackberry. It will also keep the sun off the screen so you can see every bit of up while uttering “giggiti”. Casual onlookers will know you are to something, since this thing gives you away, but they won’t get a peek.

The BlackBerry Mobile Visor is only $8.95 and folds up when not in use, making it easy to keep in your pocket and use should the need for porn overwhelm you in public places.

ASUS Fold/Unfold laptop will be released

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

ASUS Fold/Unfold laptop will be releasedAsus’s Fold/Unfold concept that they showed off at CES is actually going to be released, according to Asus CEO Jerry Shen. The notebook will cost somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500. The Fold/Unfold (Lets hope it gets a better name) should arrive around September or October 2009.

The design maximizes space for the keyboard and trackpad by sliding the keyboard forward over the trackpad when the laptop’s closed, and sliding back to reveal it when open. It’s an interesting development given the size limitations of netbooks while wanting to maximize keyboard space.

Super Nintoaster

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Super NintoasterThis toaster rejects bread in favor of NES titles, which are far more delicious. Created by the same modder behind the Nintoaster, this mod is just as heart healthy.

This followup is part toaster, part Super Nintendo, and is perfect for any geek kitchen. We’re hoping that the toaster/console trend keeps on keeping on, because there are still a whole bunch that need to be assimilated. Video below.

Netflix coming to PS3 and Wii?

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2009

Netflix LogoIt looks like despite some denials from Sony in the past, a survey is being conducted to gauge the public’s interest in streaming movies and TV shows to their game console. The service on PS3 might require a one-time purchase of a $9.99 “Netflix Instant Streaming Disc” that would be inserted to stream video, but otherwise the cost would be free.

The survey asks which is your favorite console, then if you’d be interested in this service. Seems like the Wii would be a natural contender as well. At any rate it looks like it is coming our way soon. You can check out the survey below.

SanDisk slotRadio shipping March 31st

Posted in SanDisk by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2009

Sansa slotRadio comes with 1,000 songsSanDisk will be shipping its slotRadio at the end of this month, so those looking for an MP3 player that doesn’t have an Apple logo can give it some love and see if it loves you back.

This player comes with a microSD memory card slot so you can have your choice of pre-loaded music. You can get it pre-loaded with Billboard hits cards that hold more than 1,000 tracks. Which means that for every song you like, there will be ten that you don’t.

Asus Eee 1002HA netbook review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

eee1002ha-coverAnyone who owns a TV, knows how to read, or listens to the radio knows that the global economy sucks today and will continue to be poor for most of 2009 and possibly into 2010 depending on whom you listen to. That means that all sorts of retailers are having a hard time with many of the largest electronics and computer firms announcing major losses and layoffs.

Despite the poor economy one sector of the computer market is continuing to grow impressively is the netbook market. The reason for the continued growth of the netbook market is simple — the machines are cheap. The average netbook sells for under $400 and offers portability and battery life that makes working on the road less of a chore for many users.

Super Mario Bros Matryoshka dolls

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2009

Super Mario Bros Matryoshka dollsEver wonder what Mario would look like if he had been created by an old world Russian doll maker? Cmsturmhous has posted this handmade set of Matryoshka dolls showing a whole bunch of characters from the games. From Mario and Luigi, the princess, Bowser, to Toad.

They all look like they need to go on a diet, especially Mario who is the largest. No way this version can jump as high as a coin box or smash a Goomba. Pretty cool. Now I want to play a fat Mario game, where the Mushroom kingdom is over-run by twinkies and my job is to get Mario in shape as I try to rescue the fat Princess, who is in Bowser’s dungeon eating a gallon of ice cream and a turkey leg.

Microsoft Releases IE 8 with Accelerators, Slices and Standards

Posted in Browsers by Darrin Olson on March 20th, 2009

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8, its latest version in the browser battle. This latest version comes loaded with a set of new features designed to make browsing the internet more convenient, fast and secure. The latest IE browser is also the latest blow to rival Mozilla’s Firefox in the quest for online browsing dominance.

Microsoft added a number of security features to IE8, such as increased protection against malware, cross-site scripting attacks, click-jacking, and protection against installing malicious Active-X controls. In addition, they’ve added an InPrivate browsing mode which will track no history of your browsing activities, negating the need to delete the history after the fact.

Nintendo planning its own Dsi App Store?

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2009

Nintendo planning its own Dsi App Store?Nintendo may be planning an app download service of its own, and has been encouraging developers to come up with app-like content for the DSi. We can’t really say it’s a surprise since everyone else seems to be either already doing it or planning on doing it.

The Japanese version of the DSi already connects to the DS Shop and DSi Ware, Nintendo’s gaming store. But according to a developer, the company is hoping to get some non-gaming stuff on the device. You know, the kind of stuff that that fits and enriches your lifestyle.

Windows Mobile 6.5 honeycomb menu is no more

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 honeycomb menu is no moreSome user feedback of Windows Mobile 6.5 has led to some changes in its UI. The most obvious change is the removal of the honeycomb. It may still have Trix and Lucky Charms hidden away inside somewhere, but the honeycomb is gone.

The icon grid is still arranged in the same way, but the actual hexagonal icon containers are no more. The second most obvious change would have to be the new scrolling, which limits flick scrolling to one page at a time once.

Mophie unveils Juice Pack for iPod touch 2G

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

juicepacktouch-sbI have been using a Mophie Juice Pack for my original iPhone for a long time now. The device gives me much more call time and lets me play games and music longer before the phone is dead. Using the Juice Pack I get roughly twice the run time on my iPhone.

Mophie has announced a new version of the Juice Pack for the iPod touch 2G that promises significantly more run time when used. The touch 2G Juice Pack fits onto the iPod like a case and provides up to 72 more hours of playback for audio and up to 7 hours more for video.

NVIDIA to bring PhysX SDK to Wii

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

wii-sb1NVIDIA is making the best of its purchase of Ageia several years ago and is aggressively rolling out its PhysX platform for computers and game consoles. The first physics effects added to early video games were not that cool, but more recent games like Mirrors Edge were fantastic when PhysX enabled.

NVIDIA has announced that it has been approved by Nintendo, as a third party solutions provider for the Wii console and the PhysX SDK is now available to registered Wii developers. NVIDIA says that the SDK includes a full-featured set of APIs along with a robust physics engine that gives game designers control over the character and its physical interactions.

Midnight Club: Los Angles DLC now available

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

midnightclubla-sbRockstar makes some of the most popular video games available with titles like Grand Theft Auto and more. One of the long running franchises for the studio has been the Midnight Club series. The latest title in the franchise is Midnight Club: LA and I have been talking about new DLC content coming for the game for a while. Back in February I mentioned the content would be coming in March and it is finally here.

Rockstar has announced that the anticipated South Central Map Expansion and South Central Premium Upgrade are both now available on the PS3 and Xbox. The map expansion is a free update that adds four new neighborhoods to the game.